This course will provide a comprehensive understanding of the Antarctic marine ecosystem. We will cover a range of subjects including the physical environment and its influence on the major components of the food web. We will also examine the unique adaptations required by organisms to enable them to exist in this most challenging environment. The growing importance of resource management for the Southern Ocean and the past and present exploitation of marine resources will be covered.
The course is coordinated by A/Professor Kerrie Swadling (Rm 109G, Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies, IMAS Waterfront Building, Ext 6903), and you should see her if you have any questions about the general running of the unit.
We are fortunate in having a range of internationally renowned Antarctic biologists in Hobart, and a key premise of this course is to ensure that you are given the most up-to-date information on each subject as possible. To this end we will draw on this expertise in both the practical and lecture components of the course, and you will have a chance to interact with scientists from the Australian Antarctic Division, the University’s Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies and CSIRO.
|Unit name||Antarctic Ecology|
|College/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
|Discipline||Ecology and Biodiversity|Oceans and Cryosphere|
|Coordinator||Associate Professor Kerrie Swadling|
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).
Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.
- Critically evaluate scientific literature and ideas in Antarctic biology.
- Appreciate contemporary research objectives in Antarctic science.
- Understand the trophic structure of the Antarctic marine ecosystem.
- Carry out a range of procedures fundamental to Antarctic science.
- Develop skills in verbal discussion, debate, and oral presentation appropriate to scientific discourse.
- Improve and consolidate skills in written scientific communication.
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2||Domestic Full Fee|
- Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
- HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
- FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4
1 Please refer here more information on student contribution amounts.
2 Information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses can be found here
3 Please refer here for eligibility for HECS-HELP
4 Please refer here for eligibility for FEE-HELP
Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.
Prerequisites(KSM202 - Marine and Antarctic Ecosystems OR KZA211 - Population and Community Ecology OR KZA212 - Functional Biology of Animals OR KPZ211 - Population and Community Ecology)
2 x 1-hr lectures weekly
3-hr practical weekly
|Assessment||Final Exam (40%)|Major practical report (20%)|Lab Book (10%)|Research proposal presentation. (10%)|Essay (20%)|
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
|Links||Booktopia textbook finder|
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